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Dr. James Banfield

Dr. James Banfield

Associate Professor

"Be involved in learning, do not merely do the assignments. Instead, dig deep in how to apply what you're learning. Invest your time and mind."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Information Assurance – Eastern Michigan University
  • M.S. in Information Assurance – Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. in Network Information Technology Administration – Eastern Michigan University

Career Highlights:

  • Worked in IT Leadership for 22 years
  • Met with Michigan Senate to discuss cyber security
  • Co-creator of IA program at EMU

In which online degree program do you teach?

B.S. in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

Critical thinking surrounding cyber security, application of cyber security tenants, and understanding of industry needs.

What advice would you give to those considering this online degree program?

Be involved in learning, do not merely do the assignments. Instead, dig deep into how to apply what you're learning. Invest your time and mind.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

Experience, education, training.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Changing landscape. People in cyber security or IT must embrace lifelong learning.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"1984" by George Orwell. Written before the computing, but the basic tenets of the book still apply to many facets of today's world.

Tell us something that your students might find interesting, something they may not know about you.

I have a hard passion for baseball.

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